RUSH FIRE DISTRICT – NEWSLETTER INFO FOR DEC. & DECEMBER JANUARY 2019
PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING: It was held October 16th. ONE Rush residents attended. There was no questions or comments about the budget. The Commissioners then approved the $356,320 budget for 2019. YOUR TAX RATE WILL BE $1.15 per $1,000. This is a 3 cent increase due to the unfunded mandate for Cancer coverage for all our interior firefighters.
COMMISSIONERS ELECTION: The annual Rush Fire District Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, December 11th 2018 from 6 to 9 PM at the main Rush Fire Station.
FIRE COMMISSIONERS ELECTION: Douglas Platt has submitted a petition to run for the open seat on the Rush Fire Commission. We are very happy to have him run for the Fire Commissioner position as he will bring a lot of experience & knowledge to the Rush Fire District.
DOUGLAS PLATT: Doug and his wife, Conchetta have lived in Rush since 2013. He was born and raised in Irondequoit, NY and has been a Firefighter/EMT with the City of Rochester Fire Dept. for 21 years. Prior to that he was a Dept. of Defense Firefighter at Niagara Falls air base. He has works part time at Brighton Volunteer Ambulance for 19 years as an EMT/Driver. He is a Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield Veteran, Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran. US Air Force Veteran & USAF Reserve Veteran serving 20 years. He is a current member of American Legion Ely-Fagan Post 1151. He is a past member of the Ridge Culver and Barnard Fire Depts and has a 2 year degree in Fire Protection from Monroe Community College. His father Norris Pratt was a 40 year fire commissioner at Ridge–Culver Fire District.
FIRE DISTRICT ANNUAL ORGANIZATION MEETING: Will be held after January 1, 2019 – It will be posted on the sign, reported in the Henrietta Post and on both the Fire District & Fire Department web sites.
ANNUAL INSPECTION DINNER: It was held at the Riverton Country Club. This dinner is authorized by state law for the active firefighters of the fire district to thank them for their service. Mike (Pee wee) Terzo coordinated the affair. Scottsville FD filled in at Rush for the evening.
HYDRANT MARKERS: It’s time to put those plastic hydrant markers back. They could save your life and property!
LED LIGHTS: Dale Sweet LED project. After contacting several contractors for this project we have awarded the job to the bidder who also gave us the best options and lowest cost. They plan on using the existing fixtures and installing LED system into them. The cost to do every light in and outside of station one was $ 3,768.36. This included all the rebates from National Grid which added up to $ 4,992. Our annual saving based on our present energy use will be $ $2,343 a year.
RUSH FIRE DEPARTMENT AND AMBULANCE SERVICE:
ACTIVITY: We have had a busy year. As of November 7th we have had 370 calls. Members have attended many additional training classes above and beyond what is mandated and required by law and our SOG’s. This is to assist our residents and area fire departments when needed.
BOULDER CREEK FIRE: We had a serious basement fire in October started by a defective dehumidifier. Rush FD Capt. Ron Faugh on the scene in 2 minutes who reported a “working fire” and had our automatic mutual aid dispatched. A pumper with crew on the scene in 11 minutes. Water on the fire 2 minutes after that. Very little water & foam were used on this fire resulting in no water damage on the first & second floor. They confined the fire to the basement area but the smoke and soot went all through the home. Mutual Aid from Honeoye Falls, Henrietta, Lima, East Avon and CHS Ambulance to the scene. Scottsville FD filled in at Rush and the Ladies Aux. provided lunch after the fire. Your volunteers did an OUTSTANDING job on this fire.
DEER ACCIDENT SEASON IS HERE: AAA recommends looking 20 SECONDS AHEAD and never taking your eyes off the road for more than TWO seconds. Slowing down in areas where the deer could be and planning for your escape route. Never look at what you don’t want to hit!
MONROE COUNTY JOINT FIRE SERVICE UUNIT COMMENDATION AWARD: This unit award was presented to the Rush FD, CHS Ambulance and Deputy Sheriff Deputy Erica Henderson from the MCSO Sheriffs combine effort to revive a cardiac arrest victim who is a Rush firefighter and who has recovered. nt.
ANNUAL MEETING: A dinner meeting will be held the first Monday in December. The social officers and directors election will be held. All active and social members can attend.
ANNUAL FUND DRIVE: The annual fund drive second request went out in November. We realize the some give through the United Way but we have not been notified of all their names yet. We also understand that the economy is still not good for many of our residents and they have to watch every penny. This money goes for equipment, training and many other items to run the fire department. None of it is used for our few social events. We thank you in advance for your generous contributions.
LADIES PARTY: The Rush firefighters & explorers will put on the annual Christmas party for the Rush FD Ladies Auxiliary for all they do to assist the fire department and community.
FACEBOOK: The Rush Volunteer Fire Department has a facebook page. Fire prevention, safety and health hint will be posted along with other information about what is going on at the fire department. Become a friend on our facebook page.
WEB SITES: Our web site is www.RushFD.org On the left side of the home page is info on what we do and how to volunteer. The Rush Fire District web site is www.RushFireDistrict.org The monthly Commissioners meeting minutes are posted there.